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Old 10-19-2010, 10:20 AM
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Question about Pyometra (sp)

Since there has been mention of pyometra in the past few weeks Ive been thinking...

Since some wait to spay their young females till say.. 18 months or so, is their an increased risk of pyometra? Or, is this something that mostly occurs with older dogs?
Is it something I need to worry about?
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Pyometra can happen at any age, but is more common in "middle aged" bitches. Every open season (a heat cycle that the bitch is not bred) is a risk, and bitches who produce excessive amounts of progesterone are far more prone.
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So this is not something I can disreguard as a possibility. Thanks PG. I guess Ill spend a little time today getting educated on Pyometra in females.
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Pyometra & Uterus Infections in Dogs

For anyone else new to the forum this article pretty much explains pyometra.

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The age to spay a female doesn't seem to draw the same strong difference of opinion as when to neuter a male. Be glad you have a female.
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My friend's vet used to put her dogs on antibiotics during their heats for prevention. Maybe you can talk to your vet and see if he has any suggestions.
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IansGran...yes I noticed that and wonder why a female being spayed early does not draw the same strong differences of opinion? But...its got to be the same for females. The pros and cons of spaying or neutering early vs waiting till they have matured some has got to have the same benefits (if thats your educated opinion) for both male and female. No? Initially I was going to spay Roxy right about now at six months of age. However, after reading several threads here and on the net about what age to spay/neuter and talking with Roxy's breeder, I made the choice to wait. Our Vet does not agree with the.... waiting till mature view. So I really had to weigh everything and come up with a decision for Roxy that I was comfortable with.
I'm not 100% sure but close........

Cubbysan Thank You, I will discuss this with my vet. Id never have thought of that..
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IansGran...yes I noticed that and wonder why a female being spayed early does not draw the same strong differences of opinion? But...its got to be the same for females. The pros and cons of spaying or neutering early vs waiting till they have matured some has got to have the same benefits (if thats your educated opinion) for both male and female. No? Initially I was going to spay Roxy right about now at six months of age. However, after reading several threads here and on the net about what age to spay/neuter and talking with Roxy's breeder, I made the choice to wait. Our Vet does not agree with the.... waiting till mature view. So I really had to weigh everything and come up with a decision for Roxy that I was comfortable with.
I'm not 100% sure but close........

Cubbysan Thank You, I will discuss this with my vet. Id never have thought of that..


There are vast differences between early spay vs early neuter - just as there are vast differences between male and female.
Progesterone is harming/aging the uterus when left "open", and the more seasons a bitch has without being bred, the higher the risk of pyo. In males, studies have shown that they actually need the male hormones and need to mature physically in order to not potentially damage long bones, as well as to achieve a masculine appearance.
Bottom line is that waiting to alter is less beneficial for bitches than it is for dogs.
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From my experience with Maya and her ordeal with Pyometra I wish I had gotten her spayed earlier for several reasons. We got very lucky in the fact she was already scheduled to be spayed and didn't end up going into toxic shock and having emergency surgery, as it was she lost a lot of blood during the procedure. Like stated before every time a bitch goes into heat you are at risk for pyometra.

The second reason is this .. I was very naive the consequences of not spaying her. I did not realize that the chances of cancer go up with each heat. Even though she is papered and has an excellent personality, demeanor, intelligent and the perfect dog we decided not to breed her. So there was no logical reason not to spay her. Add on that because we are military and the community we live in now when she did go into her first heat I had to avoid everyone to prevent accidental breeding. This meant no dog parks, only short walks and avoiding our neighbors who we used to always put our pup's together when we would go out so they would have company.

I love Maya with all my heart and want nothing but the best for her. If I had known about pyometra when we first got her at 7 months I would have made sure she had been spayed as soon as possible. My heart broke when the Vet called me and told me there had been complications during her surgery that she had lost a lot of blood. I understand that as owners we cannot prevent everything from happening to our dogs but if you are not going to breed then why take the chance ? Why not spay early ?
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